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April 28, 2017

A Quick Intro to Washington’s Shoreline Master Program

Perhaps you’ve heard someone talk about Shoreline Master Plans, or the Shoreline Master Program (SMPs). And you’ve probably thought that shoreline planning sounds like a good idea, but what is it? In Washington State, any county or city that has a shoreline is required by state law to develop a plan to manage those shorelines in order to preserve ecological functions, offer public access, and ensure businesses that require water access aren’t squeezed out. Over the last decade all counties and municipalities in Washington State have been required to update their plans.
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April 27, 2017

Welcome to Erin Dilworth, New Capitol Chapter Chair!

A big thanks and welcome to Erin Dilworth who has taken the lead of the Capitol chapter committing to serving as the new Chair. Erin previously served as the Volunteer Coordinator of this growing chapter, helping place volunteers in roles associated with water monitoring and beach cleanups. Get her bio in the “more details link” and big thanks to Kendall Farely for running the show the past two years! 
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April 26, 2017

Highlighting the Important Work of Washington Sea Grant

It’s hard to believe that eighty percent of Washington residents live along our 3,000-mile coastline (outer coast, Strait of Juan de Fuca, San Juan Islands, and Puget Sound) as we often take for granted the dependence we have on our healthy, productive marine and watershed ecosystems. For nearly 50 years, Washington Sea Grant has helped people understand, conserve and prosper from our state’s rich marine resources.
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April 19, 2017

Marine Spatial Plan Presentation in Port Angeles evening of May 4th

A presentation on the Washington Marine Spatial Plan (MSP) and question and answer panel discussion with stakeholder representatives will be the focus of an event on May 4th hosted by Surfrider Foundation and the NOAA Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.
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April 18, 2017

16th Annual Clean Water Classic Happening 9/22-9/24

For the 16th consecutive year PNW Surfrider chapters will come together for an action packed weekend full of surfing, parties, networking, and all the good stuff that people have come to expect from a Clean Water Classic. The organizing has begun and we are excited to announce September 22nd-24th as the weekend of this years contest. 
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April 11, 2017

Valuing Coastal Recreation in the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary

We all know the Olympic Coast is a special place…whether it’s the clean water and beaches, access to the ocean, or the unobstructed natural views…coastal recreation in and adjacent to the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary is a significant driver for economic contributions to the Washington coastal economy and a key reason why people come to visit.
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March 15, 2017

Mark the Calendar! Washington Coastal Cleanup April 29th

It’s that time of year again for the annual WA Coastal Cleanup! For some it’s just another day working to preserve their favorite beach. For others it’s a dandy of an excuse to shake the cabin fever provided by our WA winters and get outside to make a contribution for clean and healthy beaches in their state. As always, Surfrider chapters will be back in action this year managing registration stations and providing volunteer appreciation BBQ’s following the cleanup. Contact your local chapter to learn how you can help or see below for info on where you’re chapter will be getting their hands dirty. 
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March 14, 2017

Washington to re-up it’s Leadership in Addressing Ocean Acidification

The Washington Marine Resources Advisory Council (MRAC) will be meeting on March 17th in Olympia to initiate a refresh of our groundbreaking Blue Ribbon Panel recommendations from 2012 in addressing the challenge of ocean acidification (OA). This refresh will highlight accomplishments over the past five years, incorporate the most recent science on OA, and prioritize our collective actions to further tackle this challenge moving forward.
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February 22, 2017

Chapter Annual Planning – A Road Map for 2017

Surfrider chapters crushed it in 2016. There were milestone campaign victories, new programs, and not to mention a lot of good times at the public meetings, beach cleanups, and our networks events. Have a look back at 2016 by taking a gander at out annual review post from the previous year. With all that said, there ain’t no stopping us now. Building off of this enthusiasm all five chapters and our Western Washington University campus club took part in 2017 annual planning, a first to have all participating. 
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February 14, 2017

Marine Spatial Plan Enters the Homestretch

It’s been a long time coming, but the Marine Spatial Plan for Washington’s outer coast is expected to be fully completed in the next few months. The Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Committee (WCMAC) will be holding their next meeting on Wednesday, February 15th in Aberdeen to review the draft plan. 
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